Governor Signs Law Protecting Student Athletes

The law details the limitations of scholarship offers

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    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that backers say will protect student athletes from verbal promises made about college scholarships that can't be kept.

    The governor on Thursday approved a bill authored by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Torlakson that will require California colleges and universities to post on a Web site or provide a link with details of athletic scholarships. Torlakson's chief of staff, Richard Zeiger, said the new law will explain the details and limitations of scholarship offers.

    The NCAA prohibits multi-year scholarships, but the bill's supporters said some students have been made promises while being recruited that are unenforceable.

    Zeiger said colleges and universities will have to start following the new rules at the start of the next school year.